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[lahyk-nis] /ˈlaɪk nɪs/
a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait:
to draw a good likeness of Churchill.
the state or fact of being like:
I can't get over your likeness to my friend.
the semblance or appearance of something; guise:
to assume the likeness of a swan.
Origin of likeness
before 950; Middle English liknesse, Old English līcnes, variant of gelīcnes. See alike, -ness
2. resemblance, similitude. 3. shape, form. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for likenesses
Contemporary Examples
  • Today, his portraits are distinctly recognizable as Nadars as much as they register the likenesses of individual historic figures.

Historical Examples
  • He set in heaven the Stars of the Zodiac which are their likenesses.

  • I send you two likenesses, printed from copper, which you will know well.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • We should answer: In what relates to the making of likenesses, and similarly of other things.

    Protagoras Plato
  • Our likenesses have been compared many times:—I am glad we have met.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • If she be not the child of Madame Montford, then no faith can be put in likenesses.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • I knew him at once, by the likenesses that had been (p. 182) published of him.

  • The heads clustered together, to gaze at and detect the likenesses.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Others will say, "The bones are not the original ones but likenesses of them."

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • "I have never seen the original but I have seen other likenesses," I went on.

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for likenesses


the condition of being alike; similarity
a painted, carved, moulded, or graphic image of a person or thing
an imitative appearance; semblance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for likenesses



Old English (Northumbrian) licnes "likeness, similarity; figure, statue, image," shortened from gelicness; see like (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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